The iTunes Playlist: Kanye West
There are many people nostalgic for just a few years ago, and all things considered events could have gone a lot worse for Kanye. He is still alive and he is still blogging, which is now ironically the thing he's best at. He can't really sing if he ever could; he's a studio artist who loves AutoTune more than the warm caresses of his collaborators. We have an obituary ready just in case and it includes the 2014 relationship between him and Michelle Williams that I really am crossing my fingers about.
Until then, we can be consoled by his amazing thoughts on Steve McQueen and this photo:
"A Thousand Miles" - Vanessa Carlton (mp3)
See I always liked this song until I saw the movie White Girls. This must be the white song that all black people like, you know every year there's a song that black people like and this is that. I love the string arrangements. Ron Fare is really up on the strings.
"Sleep to Dream" - Fiona Apple (mp3)
"12:51" - The Strokes (mp3)
Ah man, I love this song so much that I almost fucked up the mix down on my album because you can barely hear their lyrics. I went in the mix on my computer trying to make the guitar louder, trying to make it sound like The Strokes, and Common was like, "Come on man, that don't sound like hip hop. Come on man, turn them drums up."
"The Scientist" - Natasha Bedingfield (mp3)
This is a song where the video really made me go back and look at it. 'The Scientist' is one of the dopest videos, it's one of my top five videos of all time, but I also like the song.
"Torn" - Natalie Imbruglia (mp3)
Once again another black people's favorite white song, because it's a really dope remake, and she had a couple of dope songs on that album.
"Lucifer" - Jay-Z (mp3)
Man, I love this beat right here. I was going to use it on my album but I felt like 'Jesus Walks' and 'Lucifer' needed their own space on different albums.
"Jesus Walks With Me" - Kanye West (mp3)
"Selfish" - Slum Village feat. Kanye West & John Legend (mp3)
This melody is just really infectious and mature, it's like that grown-man music.
"Distant Lover" - Martin Gaye (mp3)
You can't just explain why you like any Marvin Gaye song, but this one inspired the track for Spaceship.
"Am I High" - N.E.R.D. (mp3)
'Am I High' is mine and everybody else I know's favorite song on the N.E.R.D. classic album In Search Of...
"Scar Tissue" - Red Hot Chili Peppers (mp3)
Red Hot Chili Peppers are my favorite group of all times, he says 'broken jaw' on it too so you know I like that.
"The Reason" - Hoobastank (mp3)
Them my home boys I always see them we go to places like England and Canada. We always kicking it backstage you know just having a good time.
"99 Problems (Sam Ronson remix)" - Jay-Z (mp3)
Man, Jay-Z was just snapping on these raps so hard and the way he did the other voices in the middle, man he was killing that.
"Electric Relaxation" - A Tribe Called Quest (mp3)
OK, this is what takes me back to the reason that I wanted to do music or I wanted to bring back the game and I finally got a chance.
"How Many MCs" - Black Moon
Nigga, this is how you know I'm really hip-hop if I picked this. This is a classic.
"The Rain" - Missy Elliott (mp3)
This is actually my favorite. I remember we use to always have arguments about what's Missy's best song, well this is my favorite Missy song.